“In a world where secular buildings relentlessly whisper to us of the importance of earthly power, the cathedrals on the skylines of great towns and cities may continue to provide an imaginative holding space for the priorities of the spirit”—Alain De Botton, Status Anxiety
We encourage children to question the validity of stereotypes and challenge them. Yet, the implication is that these stereotypes have been taught previously and as a result exist prior to being challenged. Is it necessary to teach stereotypes and then consequently encourage their dismissal? Is it not better to encourage a mind set where stereotypes are seen as anything other than reflections of reality?
I am a lister, I write lists, lots of them. I write to do lists that include such banal points as ‘eat dinner’, I write lists of PDOs (personal development objectives), books I want to read, exercises I should do, places I want to go, things I want to do before I am thirty. Ironically I am even writing a list about writing lists.
There is however, one list I have probably never made, and that is a list of things I like. Things that give me pleasure, so here goes:
That extended stretch you do in bed on a Sunday morning
The way the hot water feels on your shoulder in the shower
The way the rain sounds on a car roof
The way the wind howls when you’re in a high building
The warm comforting feeling of a hot drink after a long day
The breeze that strokes the hair out of your face
Hugs and kisses from mummy, because one can never be too old
When you are familiar/catch/understand an intellectual reference in conversations